The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad has summoned six Chief Judges in the country to an emergency meeting over conflicting court orders emanating from their states in the last one month.
Justice Mohammed who is also the Chairman of the National Judicial Council, NJC, issued the summons to the Chief Judges of Rivers, Kebbi, Cross River, Anambra, Jigawa and Imo State.
The summons obtained by ARISE News indicated that the affected Chief Judges are to appear before the NJC to explain what warranted the issuance of conflicting orders by courts of coordinate jurisdiction.
“My attention has been drawn to media reports to the effect that some courts of coordinate jurisdictions were granting conflicting exparte orders on the same subject matter,” a part of the invitation letter reads.
“It has become expedient for me to invite you for a detailed briefing on the development. This is even more compelling having regard to an earlier NJC warning to judicial officers on the need to be circumspect in grating exparte applications.”
By Abel Ejikeme